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Japan: 19 killed in knife massacre in care facility

Police officers stand guard at a facility for the disabled, where a deadly attack by a knife-wielding man took place, in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Police officers stand guard at a facility for the disabled, where a deadly attack by a knife-wielding man took place, in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Washington: In one of Japan’s deadliest mass killings since World War II, at least 19 people were killed and 25 injured in a stabbing spree at a facility for the disabled near Tokyo.

According to CNN, Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year-old who worked at the facility until February, broke in through a window.

Police said they received a call from an employee of the facility reporting the attack, according to state broadcaster NHK.

About 3 a.m., Uematsu turned himself in at the Sagamihara police station, carrying a bloodstained knife and cloth, officials said.

The incident sent shock waves through Japan, where mass killings are rare.

In June 2001, eight children were killed when a former janitor entered an Ikeda elementary school in Osaka and began stabbing students at random.

In June 2008, a man ran over a group of people with his truck and then stabbed 18, killing seven, in Tokyo’s famous Akihabara gaming district. (ANI)

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